The trip has taken a new turn as we picked up our rental car when we left Edinburgh.
We had booked online and hired a ‘small’ car. This neat little Peugot 208 is what we ended up with.
The car is simple to drive apart from the fact that the indicators and windscreen wipers are on the opposite sides of the steering column to what we are used to in our own cars. It is a bonus that we do not have to adjust to driving on the opposite side of the road as we did in the USA.
We headed east from Edinburgh to a whisky distillery, Glenkinchie. Even though I do not drink whisky, the tour was really interesting and informative. This was part of a model of a distillery and the various process.
At the end of the tour there was sampling and since I did not wish to sample the whisky, I was offered a small glass of soft drink. I took one sip and discovered it was creaming soda – definitely not my favourite soft drink! When I asked the hostess what the drink was, she confirmed that is was ‘Irn Bru’ a peculiarly Scottish drink! I did not enlighten her that although the name may be unique to Scotland, the flavour is not.
We continued south through the agricultural land of East Lothian and crossed the Lammemuir Hills. This was the view north to the sea.
We then made our way south through the countryside of the Scottish Borders to Kelso and on to Jedburgh where we spent the night. We were spoilt in a lovely farmstay B & B about 5 minutes from town. The scrambled eggs with smoked salmon was a treat for breakfast the next morning.